Sarah Palin wins over Republican convention in electrifying speech
Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, delivered an electrifying speech to accept the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nomination, warning her opponents she is a ‘pitbull in lipstick’.
Following a rollercoaster week in which the scandal of Palin’s pregnant 17-year-old was revealed, the Alaskan governor came back fighting with a mixture of robustness and femininity, winning over a euphoric convention crowd.
Palin, dressed in a Jackie-O-style beige jacket alluded to her daughter’s pregnancy stating: ‘Our family has the same ups and downs as any other, the same challenges and the same joys.’
The speech was peppered with condemnation of Democratic opponent Barack Obama’s policies. Palin said: ‘America needs more energy; our opponent is against producing it. Victory in Iraq is finally in sight, and he wants to forfeit. Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay; he wants to meet them without preconditions.
The one-time beauty pageant winner described herself as a ‘soccer mom’ who had just signed up to the PTA. Palin’s whole family were in attendance at the convention, proving her projected status as a wholesome mother.
Palin pledged her support for Senator McCain singing his praises and dubbing him an American hero for his service in Vietnam, where McCain spent over five years as a prisoner after his jet was shot down.
‘There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you … in places where winning means survival and defeat means death … and that man is John McCain,’ she said.
‘In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country.’
So despite a rocky entry into politics earlier this week, it seems Palin has won over any doubters, with one independent commentator stating: ‘Whatever you think about what she had to say, whether you agreed with her or not, there is little doubt that a star was born tonight.’